August 13, 2010
Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Joe Reitz(notes) played four years of basketball at Western Michigan University. After graduating in 2008 with a degree in finance and finishing his college career third on the team's all-time scoring (1,713 points) and rebounding (939) lists, Reitz had a shot at playing professional basketball in Europe. Reitz, however, was more intrigued by the interest of Ravens scout Lionel Vital, who took note of him while scouting the Mid-American Conference tournament for untapped football talent.
The 6-foot-7 Reitz had been a high school football star, but at 255 pounds, he needed to add weight and shake off the rust to make it in the NFL. After he went undrafted, Baltimore stashed him away for two seasons while he grew into his new body and position.
[Photos: More moments with the Ravens ]
Reitz, who's now listed by the Ravens at 320 pounds, finally got his moment Thursday night in the Ravens' 17-12 preseason victory over the Carolina Panthers. After quarterback Troy Smith(notes) scored an 8-yard rushing touchdown with 2:35 left in the third quarter, Smith handed the ball to Reitz, who had the chance to make his dream touchdown celebration come true. Obviously, given his basketball background, Reitz would impress by dunking the ball over the goalpost. And then...
Oh, dear. That was quite the brick. Reitz's linemates gave him all sorts of grief on the sideline after the botched celebration, and it's easy to understand why. Clearly, the Ravens need to incorporate goalpost dunks into their daily practice regimen -- for a potential Super Bowl contender, this was just embarrassing.
[Video: Over-the-top victory celebrations]
"He should be making dunks, of all people," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said after the game. "Obviously, he was boxing people out in his college career."
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